Morgantown, West Virginia – When Dana Holgorsen was the head coach of the West Virginia Mountaineers, he openly didn’t make recruiting in-state high school players a priority.
Former five star offensive lineman and Huntington, West Virginia native Darnell Wright, one of the best in-state recruits in decades, chose to play for the Tennessee Volunteers because Holgorsen “didn’t even try” to recruit him.
Another former outstanding West Virginia high school talent, Ryan Switzer, the former West Virginia Gatorade State Player of the Year and All-American selection, chose to play for the North Carolina Tarheels.
Switzer, who was the consensus #1 West Virginia recruit in the 2013 class, recently explained why he chose the Tarheels over the Mountaineers.
“WVU didn’t want me.”
WVU didn’t want me. https://t.co/Jd6Dr01i3Q
— Ryan Switzer (@Switz) December 8, 2021
Switzer went on to break North Carolina’s single-season record with 96 receptions for 1,112 yards and 6 touchdowns. In addition, he left North Carolina as the career record holder in both receptions and receiving yards.
Switzer went on to be drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the 4th round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Since then, Switzer has played for the Oakland Raiders, the Pittsburgh Steelers and is now a backup wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns.
This is just another example of Dana Holgorsen’s poor recruiting while he was the head coach of the West Virginia Mountaineers.